Dozens of Christian leaders have signed a letter calling on US presidential candidates to focus on poverty and climate change, including Sr. Donna Markham of Catholic Charities USA, Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK, Dan Misleh of Catholic Climate Covenant, John Gehring of Faith in Public Life, Eric LeCompte of Jubilee USA Network, Stephen Schneck of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Christopher Kerr of Ignatian Solidarity Network, presidents of various Catholic universities, and Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale:
A healthy democracy requires a commitment to the common good. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis reminds us that “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” are one and demand a collective response. The same global economic system that puts profit before human dignity leads to the sin of environmental degradation….
Candidates for the most powerful office in the world have a responsibility to clearly articulate plans for addressing two of the most urgent moral challenges of our time: economic inequality and climate change….
Poverty, inequality and climate change are not abstractions. They are life and death issues. A five-year study from the Environmental Protection Agency found that a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths per year by the end of the century.
We ask all presidential candidates – in particular those who identity as people of faith — to recognize and act upon our shared responsibility to be stewards of the earth and to build an economy of inclusion.
The full letter can be read here.